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10-Dec-2014 15:35:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

Play Abandoned For the Day After Woakes Six Wickets

Pallekele: England-Sri Lanka fifth one-day international is pushes to reserve day due to and will resume on Thursday.

Earlier, England, lagging 3-1, must win to stay in the series and their bowlers -- especially seamer Chris Woakes -- gave them a fighting chance.

Chris Woakes dominated the proceedings with 6 for 47, while off-spinner James Tredwell conceded just 33 runs with two maidens from his 10 overs

Despite a typically fluent knock of 91 by Kumar Sangakkara and a late flourish by all-rounder Tisara Perera, England's bowlers never allowed the free-scoring Sri Lankans to take the game away from them.

Alastair Cook's decision to put Sri Lanka into bat proved justified when Steven Finn struck with the third ball of the innings to dismiss Kusal Perera, caught at second slip. He conceded just 28 runs in his six overs.

Sri Lanka were reduced to 59 for 3 in the 11th over when Jordan caught Mahela Jayawardene off Chris Woakes. They were finally bowled out in the 49th over for a modest 239.

Captain Angelo Mathews and Sangakkara provided the only partnership of substance, adding 85 for the fourth wicket.

Cook returned to the England team along with Tredwell, while Sri Lanka welcomed back off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake back after his suspect bowling action was cleared by the International Cricket Council.

Earlier, England have won the toss and have opted to field.

England made two changes - Alastair Cook is obviously back so Alex Hales drops out and James Tredwell comes back in in place of Ben Stokes.

Sri Lanka bring Sachithra Senanayake straight back into the side for the injured Rangana Herath.


Sri Lanka: Kushal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (Capt.), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis

England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Steven Finn

Brief scores
Sri Lanka -
239 (4Sangakkara 91, Woakes 6-47, Jordan 2-56)

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